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Posted on: February 19, 2008 10:11 am

What You Need To Know

Saint Mary's routed Pepperdine.

D.J. Augustin routed Texas A&M.

Here's Tuesday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Monday: Saint Mary's hit 17 3-pointers, and it's difficult to lose when you do that. Consequently, the 23rd-ranked Gaels defeated Pepperdine 100-64 and improved to 23-3 overall and 10-1 in the West Coast Conference. Their second showdown with Gonzaga is scheduled for March 1. That's the game that will likely determine the WCC champion.

Notable performance from Monday: Texas' D.J. Augustin finished with 27 points and nine assists in a 77-50 thrashing of Texas A&M. The sophomore point guard made 9-of-14 shots -- including 3-of-5 3-pointers -- in just 27 minutes and solidified his status as a first-team All-American while helping the seventh-ranked Longhorns to their sixth consecutive victory.

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: Kelvin Sampson could be coaching his final game at Indiana when Purdue visits Assembly Hall for a contest that will help determine the Big Ten title, one way or another. IU is 21-4 overall, 10-2 in the Big Ten and ranked 15th in the nation. Purdue is 21-5 overall, 12-1 in the Big Ten and ranked 14th in the nation. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 18, 2008 10:12 am
Edited on: February 18, 2008 8:14 pm

What You Need To Know

Wake Forest got a huge win.

Kevin Love had a (somewhat) huge game.

Here's Monday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Sunday: Dino Gaudio got the biggest win of his career, an 86-63 victory over No. 2 Duke that led to a storming of the court. It was nice to see, particularly for a program that has endured tragedy with the death of Skip Prosser. And the byproduct is that it should shoot Tennessee to second in Monday's AP poll, meaning Saturday's game at FedExForum between Memphis and Tennessee will be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.

Notable performance from Sunday: Kevin Love sank a pair of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead UCLA to a 56-46 victory over crosstown rival Southern California. The freshman center has scored in double-figures every game this season while recording 15 double-doubles for the Pac-10-leading Bruins.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: Two of the top three teams in the Atlantic 10 will get together when Xavier plays at Rhode Island. The Musketeers are 21-4 overall, 9-1 in the league. The Rams are 20-5 overall, 6-4 in the league. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 15, 2008 6:01 am

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Arizona State upset Stanford.

Tyrese Rice got 32 against N.C. State.

Here's Friday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Thursday: Arizona State improved to 4-0 in overtime games with a 72-68 upset of seventh-ranked Stanford. The Sun Devils trailed by seven points with 1:49 remaining in regulation but rallied behind freshman star James Harden (23 points, five rebounds and five assists) to earn their third win over a ranked opponent in two years under Herb Sendek. "A lot of guys don't like to play OTs," ASU's Jeff Pendergraph told reporters afterward. "We love it."

Notable performance from Thursday: Tyrese Rice made 12-of-18 shots -- including 3-of-6 3-point attempts -- to finish with 32 points, six assists and four rebounds in Boston College's 82-65 thrashing of North Carolina State. It was the kind of effort that sent the Wolfpack to the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, and at this point the ACC seems like a four-bid league. Meantime, Rice is averaging 30 points and 6.5 assists in his past two outings.

Notable game scheduled for Friday: There's no need to wait until Saturday to get your college basketball fix this weekend considering No. 22 Pittsburgh will visit Marquette on Friday night in a contest expected to mark the return of Pitt point guard Levance Fields. A 5-foot-10 junior, Fields hasn't played since breaking a bone in his left foot during an 80-55 loss at Dayton on Dec. 29. The Panthers managed to go 8-4 in his absence, impressive given the nature of the Big East. And if they can win at Marquette they will clinch their seventh consecutive 20-win season, though it's worth noting Pitt has lost three straight trips to Marquette since a 24-18 win in 1930. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 14, 2008 12:49 am

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Drake finally took a loss.

Pat Knight finally notched a win.

Here's Thursday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Wednesday: Drake isn't going undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference, not after that 65-62 loss at Southern Illinois that snapped the 14th-ranked Bulldogs' 21-game winning streak. Randal Falker had 13 points and 10 rebounds for SIU, which is now 13-12 overall and 8-6 in the MVC. Meantime, Drake is 22-2 overall, 13-1 in the league and still one victory away from clinching its first conference title in 37 years.

Notable performance from Wednesday: Alan Voskuil hit 9-of-14 shots (including 7-of-9 3-point attempts) to finish with 30 points and six rebounds in Texas Tech's 84-75 victory over 18th-ranked Kansas State. The 6-foot-3 junior has scored at least 14 points in three straight games and his latest effort helped Pat Knight get his first career victory while Bob Knight sat in the crowd and seemed slightly emotional when the final buzzer sounded. Honestly, it was a sweet little moment. And now Pat is merely 901 victories away from tying his father on the all-time wins list.

Notable game scheduled for Thursday: The surprise of the Pac-10 will be on display when Stanford visits Arizona State. The Cardinal is ranked seventh in the nation thanks to a 20-3 overall record that includes a 9-2 mark in the league. Arizona State is 15-7 overall, 5-5 in the Pac-10 and coming off a 59-54 victory at Arizona that snapped a five-game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 13, 2008 8:22 am

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Kentucky got pummeled.

Michigan State got Hummelled.

Here's Wednesday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Tuesday: Vanderbilt dealt Kentucky its worst loss in SEC history, made even worse because Ashley Judd was in the crowd watching it all go down. The final score was 93-52, and the outcome was never in doubt considering Vandy led by double-digits not even five minutes post tip-off and embarrassed the Wildcats on national television while jumping to a 41-11 halftime lead. Your thoughts, Patrick Patterson? "To have them stomp us into the ground like that, it's horrible," said the UK freshman. "They played like men and we played like boys." But not like any boys. Kentucky actually played like boys who have no idea how to shoot, guard or play basketball in general, and that's no way for Kentucky to be playing ... particularly when Ashley is in the crowd.

Notable performance from Tuesday: Robbie Hummel buried 9-of-15 shots (including 4-of-7 3-point attempts) to finish with a career-high 24 points and 11 rebounds while leading Purdue to a 60-54 victory over Michigan State. The Boilermakers are now two games up in the win column of the Big Ten standings, and Hummel is averaging 20.7 points in his past three outings.

Notable game scheduled for Wednesday: A pair of top four seeds in my latest Projecting the Field (it'll be up in a few hours) will battle when Notre Dame visits Connecticut in a contest featuring two of the hottest schools in the Big East. Notre Dame (18-4 overall, 8-2 in the Big East) has won five consecutive games while UConn (18-5 overall, 7-3 in the Big East) has won seven straight. Both are ranked in the Top 20 of the AP poll, and the fact that the Irish's Luke Harangody and the Huskies' Hasheem Thabeet will be in the paint together makes this worth watching. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 12, 2008 10:17 am
Edited on: February 12, 2008 10:18 am

What You Need To Know

AUSTIN, Texas -- The referees cost Villanova in a big way.

Connor Atchley cost Kansas in a big way.

Here's Tuesday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Monday: Yes, it was technically a foul. And I know officiating is a hard job. But the call at the end of the Villanova-Georgetown game that gave the No. 8 Hoyas a 55-53 victory was one of the worst calls I've ever seen if only because it decided the winner and loser 70 feet from the basket and on a play that would've never ended with Georgetown even getting a shot off because there was only 0.1 second left in regulation. So when Corey Stokes inadvertently bumped Jonathan Wallace the referee should've just let time expire. The referee instead blew his whistle and awarded the free throws that broke the tie, and Villanova coach Jay Wright was wronged again (just like in an earlier loss at the buzzer to North Carolina State).

Notable performance from Monday: Connor Atchley took six shots and made six shots and led No. 11 Texas to a 72-69 victory over No. 3 Kansas before a soldout crowd here at the Erwin Center. The junior forward finished with 16 points, four rebounds and four blocks, though he failed to convince Kansas that anybody should change their opinion about how the Big 12 standings will look at the end of the season. "We're still the favorites," said Kansas guard Mario Chalmers. "We still think we're the best team in the conference."

Notable game scheduled for Tuesday: Valentine's Day is approaching and Purdue is atop the Big Ten standings and there aren't many who predicted things would unfold this way. The Boilermakers are 19-5 overall, 10-1 in the league and ranked 19th in the country heading into this game against Michigan State, which is 20-3 overall, 8-3 in the league and ranked 10th in the country. Matt Painter's Boilermakers have won 10 consecutive games for the first time in nearly 12 years. But their only league loss -- and last loss in general -- came Jan. 8 at Michigan State, and if the Spartans win this rematch it'll vault Indiana into first place in the Big Ten. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 11, 2008 1:49 am

What You Need To Know

AUSTIN, Texas -- Washington beat UCLA again.

North Carolina beat Clemson again.

Here's Monday morning's edition of What You Need To Know.

Notable game from Sunday: Washington entered on a four-game losing streak featuring three straight home losses to Stanford, California and Southern California. So, naturally, the Huskies backed that with a 71-61 upset of UCLA that was a head-scratcher and ... head-hurter? Yes, a head-hurter. At least for Alfred Aboya, who took a ball off the face in the final minute. It added injury to insult, I suppose, and helped Washington beat UCLA in Seattle for the fourth consecutive time.

Notable performance from Sunday: Tyler Hansbrough seems determined to make it difficult for Michael Beasley to run away with the National Player of the Year award like Kevin Durant did last season. Hansbrough got 39 points and 13 rebounds in North Carolina's 103-93 double-overtime victory that gave the Tar Heels their NCAA-record 53rd-consecutive home win against Clemson. He made 11-of-16 field goal attempts and 17-of-19 free throws to help UNC rally from an 11-point deficit with three minutes remaining in regulation. And for Clemson, well, there's always next year.

Notable game scheduled for Monday: I'm here in Austin for the Kansas-Texas showdown that will likely help decide the Big 12 championship. Kansas enters with a 23-1 record (8-1 in the Big 12) while Texas is 19-4 (6-2 in the Big 12). The Jayhawks are second in my latest Top 25 (and one). The Longhorns are 13th. And if Kansas is going to get this road win it'll need to slow A.J. Abrams, who has been really good of late. The Texas junior has made 21-of-42 field goal attempts and 15-of-28 3-pointers in his past three outings to help the Longhorns notch wins over Baylor, Oklahoma and Iowa State. Tip-off at the Frank Erwin Center is set for 9 p.m ET.
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